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Of Athens. Son, remember, when thou bad'st The public safety for his own renown.
Our household gods farewell, thy parting pray'r; May he enjoy a glory so acquir'd!
That Athens never might regret the loss

My secret counsels from Ægina's isle
Of Aristides. Righteous man ! then first

Shall not be wanting: for my country's sake, The righteous pow'rs denied a pray'r of thine ; Which I forgive, him, author of my wrongs, Who with inflicted vengeance for thy wrong My utmost efforts shall advance to fame.” Have sorely taught Athenians to lament

The gulf Saronic now admits their keel.
In thee their safety banish'd."-"Mother, cease," By Epidaurus coasting, they attain
He quick replied; « control presumptuous thoughts; | The cape of high Spiræum, which o'erlooks
Let such uncomfortable words no more

Ægina. Guided by Aurora's light,
Be heard by these already plung'd in woe: Th'illustrious exile on that isle they land;
It is Laconia, who her aid withholds,

Thence veering, steer for Salamis. These words Cecropian tribes afficts. But, noble dames, Now break from Medon; “ Silent have I gaz'd In this asylum sojourning awhile,

On Aristides, shortly must behold
Trust your own merits, and a guardian god; Themistocles; Athenian friend, explain
The sons of Athens on his own domain

Between such men what cause produc'd their feuds." He will exalt by conquest, soon transport

“ Their diff'rent merits,” Æschylus replied, Her daughters back to liberty and peace :

“ Rais'd emulation in their younger days. From him that grace continue to deserve,

A soldier's part they gallantly achiev'd By resignation to his brother Jove,

In the same rank at Marathon; I saw, Who loves the patient.”-As on lands adust Admir'd their valour. For distinction high By hot solstitial rays, when genial clouds,

In pow'r and fame, Themistocles bath us'd
In season due unbosoming their stores

His num'rous virtues ; Aristides walk'd
Of kindly rain, new dress the pasture brown; In virtuous paths, alone by virtue mov'd ;
Again the flowrets on the meadows spring; For him his justice hath a title gaia'd
O'er meadows, fresh in verdure, youthful steeds, Of Just. The son of Neocles, inflam'd
Led by the parent females, joyous bound, By envy, stirr'd the people's jealous fear
The heifers gambol, kids and lambkins dance, Against his rival to assert a law,
The birds in dripping bow'rs their plumes repair, Where, by inscription of his name on shells,
And tune their choral, gratulating throats-

A citizen so potent, that his will
So consolation from his blameless mouth,

Seems only wanting to subvert the state, With looks benevolent, in soothing tones

Is by concurrence of six thousand hands Relieves dejection. Soft composure smooths Doom'd for ten years to absence from their bounds, Each matron's forehead; virgins smile around; Without disgrace or mulct. Among the tribes With sprightly feet the children beat the turf, Themistocles hath since obtain'd a sway Him as their father hail in shrill delight.

Which might incur the rigour of that law; Not so his own two daughters : infants young, Yet by the gods his influence supreme A dying mother's pledge, Euphemia's charge, He at this crisis gallantly employs His side they leave not, clinging to his knees To save the public.—Lift thy wond'ring eyes ! Like woodbines sweet about some stately tree: The whole confederated feet of Greece, He kiss'd, he bless'd them, but control'd his tears. Four hundred gallies, bulwark all the round

Now tow'rds the bay with Æschylus he turns ; Of Salamis: one animated mass Cleander follows. Ariphilia mute

That island shows; from swarms of either sex, Stands fix'd in tears; as Niobe, congeal'd

And ev'ry age, dales, hillocks seem to heave By grief to marble, through its oozing pores With undulating motion."--His discourse Distill'd sad moisture, trickling down unheard. Clos'd with his voyage: on the furrow'd sands On Sipylus the nymphs, by pity call’d,

Of Salamis the vessels rest their keels; The weeping rock environ’d; so the train,

Where living waters from a copious spring Who minister in Neptune's sacred dome,

Discharge their bubbling current. On a smooth,
Enclose their priestess, whom her matron sage But gently-shelving green, pavilions rose;
Leads from Cleander's oft reverted sight.

One from the rest sequester'd, under shade
Of oaks above, was neighbour to the fane

Of Telamonian Ajax, hero known
BOOK III.

At Troy: the Attic phalanx then he join'd,

By Athens honour'd since with rites divine.
O'er bis own squadron soon Trozene's chief

This tent, by ensigns of command in front
Hath reassum'd command; the rest embark Adorn'd, Themistocles possess'd : alone
Aboard the Delphian. Æschylus then spake: He now remain'd; artificer sublime
“ To Salamis we hoist returning sails :

Of great expedients, in the greatest storms
Say, Aristides, shall my voice, of weight

Which rock a state, he, politic and firm, Among the tribes, solicit thy recall ?

In manly strife with Fortune when she frown'd, Our country wants that helpful band of thine," Whene'er she smil'd her favour to secure“ No," Aristides answers,

He now, to feed his enterprising soul, Might waken faction; let the monster sleep. Successes past enumerating sat, Themistocles directs united minds,

Thus in a glow of thought: “While others dream'd In him confiding : not the stock revivid

Of rest and safety permanent in Greece, Of all Cecropia's heroes since her birti,

I from the day of Marathon presag'd Could like this union prop the Attic state.

The war begun, not finish'd; I, in time, Brave too the son of Neocles, expert,

Exhorted Athens to construct her fieet, Cool, politic; his talents will uphold

A destin'd refuge; for the sail and oars

“ this again

The shrouds and rudder, I her lusty youth To you, Athenians, out of ashes rais'd
Prepard; ere yet the Hellespont was bridg'd, From her to wrest ascendancy in Greece."
I curd intestine feuds distracting Greece;

Not sweetest music lulls the melting soul
When Pate remov'd Leonidas from Earth,

Beyond his artful eloquence, which soothes My penetration, fathoming the depths

Their warm, their injur'd virtue. They reply: Of ocean, like futurity foresaw

“ To thee, not Sparta, cheerful we submit, Laconia's sloth; yet undismay'd I formid

Our leader sole; thou judge and act for all." The mighty plan to save th' Athenian state,

Now to his frugal Attic meal they sat;
By yielding Athens to barbarian flames.

Where Æschylus and Medea, each in turn
That I might plead the mandates of a god, Unfolding ampiy his adventures, won
I won, by secret gifts, the Pythian maid

Attention: pleasing information charm'd
An oracle to render, which I fram'd;

Deluded time, till midnight prompted sleep. Th'interpretation to enforce, that ships

Thus, after labours past, the martial bard Were wooden walls, Minerva's priest I gain'd His countrymen rejoin'd. The hostile ships, Among the people to imprint belief

Which gave him battle under Malea's cape, By feign'd portents, and all religion's craft, Veer'd for the straits Eubean, where the fleet That to the sea their deity was fled,

Of Asia moor’d. Subsiding on their way, Th’ Acropolis deserting. Thus at will

The wind grants leisure for the Persian chief This restive, fierce democracy I sway

To view the captives. Artamanes steps For their salvation, and my own behoof

Before the rest : on sight of Caria's queen, In pow'r and lustre". -Interrupting here Great Artemisia, who commanded there, His eagle vanity in lofty soar,

His cheek, with recollection of his sire The warrior-poet and Oileus' son

To her so late perfidious, reddens warm. Appear. Sereve and vacant he descends

She first to him: “ Argestes could behold
At once to affability and ease;

Me worsted, long resisting adverse fate
As from his airy tow'r the lark, who strikes On fam'd Thermopylæ's disastrous field;
Heav'n's highest concave with his matin trill, My danger he enjoy'd: his rescued son,
His pinions shuts, and tranquil drops to Earth. Whose growing merit wins observant eyes,
Of Aristides, Æschylus he knew

I see with gladness; welcome to my deck!
The friend approv'd; bim courteous he salutes: But who is he, disconsolate in mien?

“ Thy eloquence and arms, the gen'rous toils O rev'rend man of sorrows, lift thy head! Of Aristides too, have reach'd my ear

From Artemisia no dishonour fear. By late intelligence. Thus far at least

He makes no answer— Artamanes, speak.” You have prevail'd; this navy is enlarg'd

The youth replies: “His name is Timon, chief By squadrons new from various Grecian states, And priest in Delphi; on our inroad there, Is not this Medon: Honour'd in thy sire,

My brother, Mithridates, snatch'd away More in thy own deservings, my embrace

From his paternal breast a noble maid, Accept ; accept the welcome of this tent.” An only child. His mind is darken'd since

Myronides now joins him, mighty chief! By frenzy; my compassion his distress The destin'd scourge of Thebes ; Xanthippus, soon Hath ever tended, fervent now implores At Mycale to conquer; in his hand

Thou wouldst commit him to my grateful care: Young Pericles, that future star of Greece; Myself am debtor to indulgent Greeks.” Then Cimon, fated on the land and main

In smiles the princess answer'd: “Gen'rous youth! To gather palms in one triumphant day;

Couldst thou protect him, I would trust thy care; Subaltern warriors to the prudent son

But those deforix'd by ignominious deeds Of Neocles. Saluting these, he spake:

May exercise in malice stronger pow'r “My gallant fellow-citizens, you come

Than thou in goodness: for the present lay To learn the issue of this day's debate

Th' unhappy Delphian on a bed of rest." In gen'ral council. Wisely did we cede

Beside her waits Aronces, high in trust, To Spartan Eurybiades command;

A hoary senior, freedman of her sire. The diff'rent squadrons to their native ports On Melibceus, on the queen, he fix'd Had else deserted. Irksome, I confess,

Alternate looks; then earnest him address'd : This acquiescence; but occasion looks

“O) thou of noble frame, in lowly garb, Disdainful back on him who lets her pass; Speak whence thou com'st, thy own, thy father's You have embrac'd her. Yielding to the Greeks, You fix their station here, the num'rous foe What region gave thee birth ? Did Nature print, In narrow straits between Psyttalia's isle

Or some disaster, on thy cheek that mark? And Salamis to face. Can he possess,

I am not curious from a slender cause." Who sees a treasure scatter'd on the ground, The swain replied: “ From Nature I derive Unless he stoop? So prostrate in your sight That mark; of parents, of my native seat, Lies Greece, that precious treasure. Can you rule Within this breast no traces now survive; Before you save? On union safety grows.

In childhood stoln-by pirates, I was sold Resigning now an empty name of pow'r,

(Heav'n there was gracious) to the best of men: Your moderation, winning grateful states,

Full thirty annual suns have since elaps'd. Will to your own a real sway procure

He oft appris’d me, that my infant lips Of long duration. Lacedæmon's pride,

In Grecian accents would repeat the names Her best allies abandoning-a force

Of Lygdamis and Dirce; so I styl’d Of ten weak vessels sparing to a fleet,

My sire and mother.”—“O imperial dame, Where Attic hands unfurl two hundred sails Thyself the seed of Lygdamis,” exclaim'd Shall pay hereafter retribution full

The ancient man, “ if circumstance be proof,

name.

He is thy brother, Haliartus, stol'n

Swift as a vig'rous stag who hears no cry Within that period from thy father's tow'r Of dogs or men, but o'er the champaign green Wash'd by the waves, that fair abode retir'd. Or valley sweeps, to glory in his speed Halicarnassus mourn'd the dire event.

And branching antlers. On the form and port He is thy likeness. 1, preferr'd to rule

Of Melibeus long Aronces fed
Thy father's household; I, whose faithful arms His eager eye, unsated with delight;
So oft the infant Haliartus bore,

At last he spake:-“ My lord, Nicæa's fort,
So oft with eyes delighted have perus'd

A garrison of Xerxes, will afford That object dear, I never can forget

A refuge kind, till Caria's queen her sail That signal mark, coeval with his birth,

Of visitation hoists; the setting Sun Distinguishing thy brother."-Pensive, mute, Will see my lord safe landed in the cove." Uncertain rests the queen. He still proceeds: " That splendid title thou dost ill bestow

“ Behold thy son, Leander, melts in tears ! On my condition,” Melibæus then. It is the touch of Nature hath inclos'd

To whom Aronces : “ Oh, thou art my lord, That tender spring."--To him the regal dame : Thou art the son of Lygdamis ! My heart,

“ Old man, thou know'st I honour, I confide Old as I am, experienc'd in events, In thy untainted faith. All strange events, Without a cause to such excess of joy (join'd Dress'd in affecting circumstance, excite

Would ne'er mislead me."-"Honest hearts," reThese soft emotions; such in ev'ry breast

The other, “oft are credulous, and lead Should rise, but not decide. Pure truth is built The mind to errour; art thou sure, my friend, Not on our passions; reason is her base.

That I am no impostor, who hath heard
Him to accept my brother, needs more proof; Of Lygdamis and Dyrce, and apply
But to his manly and ingenuous looks

Their names to falsehood?"-" Haliartus, no !* I render homage. Let him case his limbs

Exclaims Aronces; “ I before me see In Carian steel, and combat near my side; My noble master, Lygdamis, restor'd; Let deeds illustrate an exalted mind;

Such as he was when thou, his child, was lost. Then, whether kin or alien to my blood,

Oh ! lend attention-lo! the winds are still, He like a brother shall obtaju regard

The sea unruffed, while my tongue begins From Artemisia."--Melibæus here:

A tale which once with horrour pierc'd my soul, “ Endear'd to heroes of Oilean race,

But in thy hearing rapt'rous I repeat: I claim with nope alliance; I have liv'd

“ Halicarnassus gave thy father birth, With them in joy, from ignorance been rais'd Her most illustrious citizen; with twins By them to knowledge, from the lowly state Thy mother's bed was bless'd; thy sister one, Which Heav'n's deciding providence ordain'd, That Artemisia, glory of ber sex, To their deserv'd regard, my utmost wish. Bestow'd in marriage on the Carian king; To them restore me; I request no more

Thou art the other. Oft thy sire abode From deities or mortals. Case my limbs

Within a tow'r delightful, but remote, In Carian armour splendid as thy own,

Wash'd by the billows; one disastrous day, Ne'er shalt thou see me combat vear thy side As thou wast tripping on the silver sands, Against the Grecians. Place of birth, or blood Thy nurse attending with some faithful slaves, Of noblest dye in kindred, quite estrang'd

A troop of pirates landed; all thy train By time and fortune, I reject for Greece;

Defending thee were kill'd, or wounded sunk Greece, my kind nurse, the gaardian of my youth, Disabled on the beach; with various spoil, Who for my tutors did her heroes lend.

From those unguarded borders, they convey'd My dear affections all are center'd there,

Aboard their vessels thee their richest prize." My gratitude, my duty.”— By the hand

Aronces pausid. --From Timon, listing by, She grasps the gallant captive, and proceeds: This exclamation broke: “My daughter too

“Thy sentiments are noble, they bespeak May be recover'd !"-- Artamanes here: The care of heroes; thy release my hopes

“Myself, redeem'd from capture, pledge my faith Forbid, my tend'rest wishes; to constrain

That I will struggle to restore thy child.” Thy presence here, while we assail thy friends, Night dropp'd her dusky veil; the pinnace gain'd I scorn. Aronces, lanch a nimble skiff;

Nicæa, Locrian fortress, seated nigh On him attendant, reach Nicæa's walls,

Thermopylæ; ensuing morn proclaims, For him transport a suit of arms complete; By shouts and clangour, an approaching host. Nor let unhappy Timon want thy care.

That gate of Greece, by Lacedæmon's king Thee, Greek or Carian, brother, friend, or foe, So well maintain'd, defenceless now admits Whate'er thou prov'st hereafter, I will greet Uncheck'd barbarian inroads : thus a mound Again, my heart so prompts me; I require By art constructed to restrain the sea, No plighted word, no token; ere we meet Or some huge river's course, neglected long, Once more at least, thou wilt pot, I confide, And unsustain’d by vigilance and care, Thou canst not harbour such a thought as fight Affords a passage new to whelming floods, From Artemisia.''- Melibens look'd

Whose surface hides fertility in waste; Integrity; he felt too full for words,

Till some sagacious architect oppose And sees her thoughtful and perplex'd retire. To Nature's violence a skill divine, Aronces now on Artamanes calls;

Prescribing where th' obedient wave shall flow. With him, and either captive, he embarks;

To his companions Artamanes spake, of Carian arms he lodges on the poop

As in their sight, extended from a tow'r, A rich-einblazon'd suit. The pinnace light Thermopylæ in torrents from its mouth Along the shore, from ev'ry foe secure,

Pours mingled nations : “ See Mardonius there, Skims o'er the waters with distended sails,

The son of Gobryas, author of this war,

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The Aow'r of Asia's captains. At the time Of nations gather'd from a hundred realms, We first attack'd this pass, with nuan'rous bands, Distract the sky. The king his march renews A distant range of Macedon and Thrace

In all his state, collected to descend He was detach'd to ravage and subdue,

Precipitate on Athens; like the bird Triumphant now returning. Friends, farewell! Of Jove, who, rising to the utmost soar Him I must follow. Timon, may the light Of his strong pinions, on the prey beneath Of Mithra shine propitious on my days

Directs his pond'rous fall. Five thousand horse, As I protect thy daughter, and restore,

Caparison’d in streak'd or spotted skins If Fate so wills, her spotless to thy arms."

Of tigers, pards, and panthers, form'd the van ; These words, relumining with hope, compos'd In quilted vests of cotton, azure dyed, The clouded soul of Timon. Swift the youth, With silver spangles deck'd, the tawny youth In vigour issuing through the portal, mix'd Of Indus rode; white quivers loosely cross'd Among his native friends : a blithsome steer, Their shoulders; not ungraceful in their bands At op'ning dawn deliver'd from the stall,

Were bows of glist'ning cane; the ostrich lent Thus o'er the flow'ry pasture bounding, joins His snowy plumage to the tissued gold The well-known herd. Mardonius him receiv'd, Which bound their temples. Next a thousand steeds Foe to Argestes, cordial to his son,

Of sable hue on argent trappings bore Mardonius all-commanding, all in frame,

A thousand Persians, all select; in gold, In nervous limbs excelling, like that bull

Shap'd as pomegranates, rose their steely points Who stemind the billows with his brawny chest, Above the truncheons ; gilded were the shields, Who on bis back of silver whiteness bore

Of silver'd scales the corselets; wrought with gems Enropa's precious weight to Cretan strands, Of price, high-plum'd tiaras danc'd in light. Himself a god transform'd. New martial pow'rs In equal number, in resembling guise, Are here from Hæmus, from Pangæan snows. A squadron follow'd; save, their mail was gold, A Greek in lineage, Alexander here,

And thick with beryls edy'd their silver shields. Young sov'reign o'er barbarians, leads to war In order next the Magi solemn trod. His Macedonian troops. To Athens bound Pre-eminent was Mirzes; snowy white By mutual hospitality, he lov'd

Their vestments flow'd, majestically pure,
That gen'rous city; now, by force compell’d, Rejecting splendour; hymning as they mov'd,
He arms against her. But persuasive love, They sung of Cyrus, glorious in his rule
The charms and virtues of a Grecian fair,

O'er Sardis rich, and Babylon the proud;
Will wake remembrance of his Grecian race, Cambyses, victor of Egyptian Nile;
To better counsels turn his youthful mind.

Darius, fortune-thron'd; but flatt'ry tun'd
That Asia's king was now advanc'd to Thebes, Their swelling voice to magnify his son,
Intelligence is brought; this known, a steed The living monarch, whose stupendous piles
Of swiftest pace Mardonius mounts; command Coinbin'd the Orient and Hesperian worlds,
To Tiridates delegates" Thy force

Who pierc'd mount Athos, and o'erpower'd in fight Extend o'er Locris, o'er the Phocian bounds, Leonidas of Sparta. Then succeed Our conquests new.” This giv’n in charge, he speeds, Ten coursers whiter than their native suows With no companion but Argestes' son,

On wintry Media's fields; Nicæan breed, Nor other guard than fifty horsemen light, In shape to want no trappings, none they wore To greet the king. The second morning shows To veil their beauty; docile they by chords Cadmean Thebes, whose citadel was rais'd

Of silk were led, the consecrated steeds By stones descending from Cithæron's hill

Of Horomazes. Sacred too à car, Spontaneous, feign'd in fables to assume

Constructed new of spoils from Grecian fanes, A due arrangement in their mural bed

In splendour dazzling as the noontide throne At sweet Amphion's lute; but truth records, Of cloudless Mithra, follow'd; link'd in reins, That savage l.reasts by eloquence he tam'd, In traces brilliant overlaid with gems, By his instructions humaniz'd, they felt

Eight horses more of that surpassing race The harmony of laws and social ties.

The precious burden drew; the drivers walk'd, To him succeeded stern Agenor's son,

None might ascend th' inviolable seat ; Phænician Cadmus, he who letters brought On either side five hundred nobles march'd From Tyre to Greece ; yet ignorance o'erwhelm'd Uncover'd. Now th' imperial standard wavd; His generation; barbarous of heart,

Of sanders wood the pedestal, inscrib'd Obtuse of mind they grew; the furies there, With characters of magic, which the charms There parricide and incest reign'd of old,

Of Indian wizards wrought in orient pearl, Impiety and horrour: more debas'd,

Vain talisman of safety, was upheld They now for gold their liberty exchange; By twelve illustrious youths of Persian blood. They court a tyrant, whose barbaric host

Then came the king; in majesty of form,
Flames round their bulwarks, harrows up their plain, In beauty first of men, as first in pow'r,
Lays waste their plenty, drinks Asopus dry, Contemplating the glory from his throne
Their swift Ismenus, and Dircæan spring.

Diffus'd to millions round, himself he deem'd
Not less than Mithra who illumes the world.
The sons of satraps with inverted spears

His chariot wheels attend ; in state their sires,
BOOK IV.

The potentates of Asia, rode behind; The Persian host in readiness was held

Mardonius absent, of the gorgeous train Ere dawn; Aurora sees the signal given;

Argestes tower'd the foremost ; following march'd Now trumpets, clarions, timbrels mix their sounds; A square battalion of a thousand spears, Harsh dissonance of accents, in the shouts

By Mithridates led, his eldest born;

Him the lascivious father had depriv'd

Where Pancy, winning sorceress, deludes Of Amarantha; dangerous the flames

Th' enchanted mind, rejecting reason's clue, Of vengeance darted from his youthful eye. To wander wild through fiction's pleasing maze. Th' immortal guard succeeded ; in their van The oriental hero in his dream Masistius, paragon of Asia's peers,

Feels wonder waking; at his presence life In beauteous figure second to the king,

Pervades the statue; Fame, slow-rising, sounds Among the brave pre-eminent, more good Her trumpet loud; a hundred golden gates Than brave or beauteous; to Mardonius dear, Spontaneous fly abroad; the shapes divine, His counsellor and friend, in Xerxes' court

In ev'ry age, in ev'ry climate sprung, Left by that gen'ral, while in Thrace remote, Of all the worthies since recorded time, To counterpoise Argestes. Tried in arms,

Ascend the lucid hall. Again she sounds In manners soft, though fearless on the plain, A measure sweeter than the Dorian fute Of tend'rest feelings, Mindarus, to love

Of Pan, or lyre of Phæbus; each assumes A destin'd captive, near Masistius rapid;

His place allotted, there transform'd is fix'd Ariobarzanes next, whose barb'rous mien

An adamantine statue ; yet unfill'd Exemplified his fierceness. Last of horse,

One niche remains. To Asia's gazing chief With Midias, pow'rful satrap, at their head, The goddess then: “ That vacancy for thee, A chosen myriad clos'd the long array.

Illustrious son of Gobryas, I reserve." From these were kept three hundred paces void; He thus exults: “ Bright being, dost thou grant Promiscuous uations held their distant march To Persia triumphs through my conqu’ring spear?" Beyond that limit; numberless they rollid,

He said: that moment through the sever'd Earth In tumult like the fluctuating sands,

She sinks; the spacious fabric is dissolv'd; Disturb’d and buoyant on the whirling breath When he, upstarting in the narrow cave, Of hurricanes, which rend the Libyan wastes. Delivers quick these accents : “Be renown

To Thebes descending, soon Mardonius learn’d My lot! O Fortune, unconcern'd I leare That pioneers, with multitudes light-arm’d, The rest to thee.” Thus dauntless, ere his sleep Detach'd before the army, bent their course Was quite dispers'd ; but waken'd soon he feels To Athens. On he speeds, rejecting food,

Th' imperfect vision heavy on his mind Disdaining rest, till midnight Cynthia shows In dubious gloom ; then lightly with his foot A vaulted hollow in a mountain's side;

Moves Artamanes; up he springs; the troop There in his clanging arms Mardonius throws . Prepare the steeds; all mount; Aurora dawns. His limbs for slight refreshment; by him lies

The swift forerunners of th' imperial camp Argestes' son; to pasture springing nigh,

Ere long Mardonius joins, where Athens lifts The troop dismiss'd their steeds, and slept around. Her tow'rs in prospect. Unexpected seen, To superstition prone from early age

Their mighty chief with gen’ral, cordial shouts Was Gobryas' son; o'erheated now by toil, They greet; their multitude, their transport, clear Yet more by thirst unsated of renown,

His heart from trouble. Soon barbarian thrungs His soul partakes not with her wearied clay With shading standards through Cephissus wade; In sleep repose; the cavern to her view

Who, had his fam'd divinity been true, Appears iu vast dimension to enlarge,

His shallow stream in torrents would have swoln The sides retire, th' ascending roof expands, Awhile, to save the capital of Greece, All chang d to crystal, where pellucid walls Superb in structure, long-disputed prize Expose to sight the universe around.

Between Minerva and the god of seas, Thus did a dream invade the mighty breast Of eloquence the parent, source of arts, Of that long matchless conqueror, who gave

Pair seat of freedom! Open are the gates, Italia's clime a spoil to Punic Mars,

The dwellings mute, all desolate the streets, When on the margin of Iberus lay

Save that domestic animals forlorn, The slumb'ring chief, and eagerly to birth In cries awak’uing pity, seem to call The vast conception of his pregnant mind

Their masters home; while shrieking beaks of Was struggling. Now Mardonius to himself

prey, Seeins roving o'er the metamorphos'd cave; Or birds obscene of night with heavy wings, Orbicular above, an op'ning broad

The melancholy solitude affright. Admits a flood of light, and gentlest breath

“ Is this the city whose presumption dar'd Of odorif'rous winds ; amid the blaze,

Invade the lord of Asia ?" sternly said Full on the centre of a pavement, spread

Mardonius ent'ring; " whither now are fled Beyond whate'er portentous Egypt saw

Th’audacious train, whose firebrands Sardis felt?
In Thebes or Memphis, Fame, presiding there, Where'er you lurk, Athenians, if in sight,
Gigantic shape, an amethyst entire,

Soon shall you view your citadel in flames;
Sits on a throne of adamant. On strength Or, if retreated to a distant land,
Of pillars, each a topaz, leans the dome;

No distant land of refuge shall you find
The silver pavement's intervening space

Against avenging Xerxes: yet I swear Between the circling colonnade and wall

By Horomazes, if thy gallant race With pedestals of diamond is fillid;

Have sacrific'd their country to contend
The crystal circuit is comparted all

With mightier efforts on a future day,
In niches verg'd with rubies. From that scene Them I will honour, though by honour forc'd
The gloom of night for ever to expel,

1 must destroy. Companions, now advance; Imagination's wanton skill in chains

Unnumber'd hands to overturn these walls Of pearl throughout the visionary hall

Employ; not Xerxes through a common gate Suspends carbuncles, gems of native light, Shall enter Athens; lay the ruins smooth, Emitting splendour, such as tales portray, That this offending city may adinit,

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